Tuesday 17 July 2018

Secondary school students are turning off Facebook over online privacy fears

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Laura Lynott

The vast majority of secondary school students are concerned about their online privacy, a new study has found.

The survey of 5,500 students found 89pc are concerned about privacy and Facebook is falling in popularity among the young due to concerns about private data.

The Studyclix.ie Student Attitudes Survey found that in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal a large number of students have now set their social media pages to private mode, including 75pc of Instagram users.

However, one in three users of Snapchat - the popular social network which identifies users' exact locations - does not use a 'ghost mode' to hide where they are.

Luke Saunders, co-founder of Studyclix.ie, said: "The results of this survey further reinforce my view that technology in 2018 is ruling our young people's lives like never before.

"We're in a new age. Its grip is 100pc. Teenagers are connected from the moment they wake up until they lull themselves to sleep flicking through their Instagram.

"Maybe it's just an inevitable outcome of the rise of the internet and smartphones but I feel that the negative impacts of this pervasive use of technology are still yet to be fully understood.

"As a teacher, I have observed that students, particularly young boys, are spending vast amounts of their free time playing highly addictive games often late into the night.

"Teens find it difficult to self-regulate their use of games designed to keep them playing. Parents need to be more aware and have a greater controlling influence."

Irish Independent

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